A renowned local scene, dedicated institutions and fantastic festivals harmonize beautifully in Portland.

Large audience enjoying a live musical performance at the Crystal Ballroom.McMenamins Crystal Ballroom hosts a range of musical acts.

Portland’s musical offerings are diverse as the city itself, with options including indie rock, jazz, classical, pop and more.

  • Live music performances abound this spring in Portland, including Oregon Symphony.

    Late spring music picks

    Portland Opera offers a macabre American Broadway classic, while contemporary classical music (both local and global) joins Portland classics this spring.

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  • Dance to tunes by headliners such as Trombone Shorty at the 2016 Soul'd Out Music Festival.

    Soul’d Out Music Festival

    Whether you’re a lifelong soul fan or a casual listener on the hunt for your new favorite band, Portland’s Soul’d Out Music Festival has plenty to offer any audience.

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  • The Harlem Quartet will perform jazz classics this spring.

    Early spring 2016 music picks

    This spring’s classical music concerts feature projected images from medieval manuscripts, comedy sketches and other trans-musical elements.

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  • Portland band Still Caves rocks out at the the Liquor Store.

    Niche music venues in Portland

    Portland has no shortage of stellar live music venues. Enjoy an evening of jazz, funk, punk or garage rock at one of these lesser-known performance spots.

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  • Portlandia's "Dream of the 90s" sketch quickly became a Portland anthem.

    Top 10 songs about Portland

    These 10 tunes from world-famous bands, Grammy-winning musicians and lesser-known locals run the gamut from indie rock to jazz, blues and country.

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  • The Turtle String Quartet brings classical and jazz together this season.

    Late winter music guide

    Roomful of Teeth, Brooklyn Rider, Third Angle New Music Ensemble and Turtle Island Quartet will bring adventurous programming to Portland in winter. Here are Oregon Arts Watch's pick for 2016.

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The Portland Music Scene

  • The genre-spanning local troupe Pink Martini draws raves in Portland and around the world.

    Essential Portland bands

    Declared “America’s indie rock theme park” by Slate, Portland has a music scene that's a charismatic mix of homegrown headliners and rock-star transplants.

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  • Portland drummer Mel Brown plays at Jimmy Mak's in the Pearl District.

    Portland jazz

    In Portland, it's pretty easy to find small venues hosting intimate combos of world-class talent, or bigger, more boffo live shows.

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  • Live music performances abound this spring in Portland, including Oregon Symphony.

    Classical music in Portland

    Portland's opera, symphony and other companies offer an ongoing lineup of inspiring performances, from timeless works to modern interpretations.

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  • Catch a free live show at Portland's oldest music store, Music Millennium.

    Vinyl shopping in Portland

    From vintage wax to new European imports, those rare releases you’ve been searching for are surely waiting at one of these rockin’ local record stores.

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Music Festivals

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